Berwick Infirmary

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 06 Sep 2017

Berwick midwife led unit

Contact & visitor information

Freestanding birth centres are not on the same site as a hospital, so your care is led by midwives. If you need the assistance of a doctor you’ll be transferred to a labour ward at a hospital.

a very small unit


births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
Find out more about pain relief during labour

Having a baby here

During labour and birth

  • If you arrive in the early stages of labour
    • You'll be seen by a midwife who will check the progress of your labour
    • You'll be encouraged to go home
    • There's a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 1 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There are no strict criteria about the number of birth partners which is based on individual assessment
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

Birth facilities

  • Aromatherapy service
  • Bean bags
  • Birth balls
  • Birth mats
  • Birthing couch
  • Dimmable lighting
  • iPod dock
  • Reclining chair
  • Supporting rope or sling
  • TENS machine
  • Hypnobirthing / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £72 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Your partner can stay in a room with you overnight, but no specific resting facilities are provided.
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • After you have given birth you'll be transferred to a bed in the postnatal area
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 4-6 hours after the birth
    • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can't come back to the birth centre postnatally
  • Contact & visitor information

How many midwives will I meet?

The maximum number of different midwives you're likely to see for antenatal appointments is 6 and for postnatal appointments it's 6.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and during labour, but different midwives after your baby is born.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy, during labour and after your baby is born.

You will be looked after by a small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

Who can give birth here?

  • Eligibility
    • Baby must be head down
    • You can discuss having your baby here, even if you don't fit the following criteria.
    • Straightforward pregnancy
    • Straightforward previous pregnancies
    • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
    • BMI of 18 and above
    • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 4 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Berwick upon Tweed in the north, to North Tyneside in the south and Hexham and Tynedale in the west.
    • You can give birth here even if you don't live in the catchment area

Support services

  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
    • Limited mobility: shower and height adjustable beds.
    • Sight problems: one-to-one care and braille leaflets available.
    • Learning disabilities: support can be received via the learning disability coordinator.
    • Autism spectrum: help may be provided by multidisciplinary teams.
  • Interpreting service
    • Interpreting services provided by Pearl Linguistics and Interpreting Translation Line.
    • provision of patient information leaflets.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Vulnerable women

Women's experiences

Reviews of this hospital

Source: Care Opinion
  • Birth of our first child

    We are from Berwick and we chose to come to the Borders General Hospital for the birth of our first child, we went to all the scans, appointments etc and everything they done and the level of care...

    by Richard202009, 29 Oct 2018

    Read on Care Opinion
  • Support and encouragement of the midwife team

    I had an amazing, calm and relaxed planned home birth thanks to the continued support and encouragement of the fantastic midwife team here in Berwick. My booking midwife Jude delivered my son,...

    by topcatto, 29 Mar 2017

    Read on Care Opinion
Source: CQC

Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Services Survey 2015

Scores are for the NHS Trust that this hospital is part of.

  • Labour and birth

  • Staff

  • Care in hospital after birth

  • Labour and birth


    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Staff


    Better compared with other trusts

  • Care in hospital after birth


    Better compared with other trusts

General information

  • Tours
    • Call the unit to make an appointment.
  • Non-NHS Care
    • Private maternity care isn't available here.
  • Breastfeeding accreditation
  • Food for partners out-of-hours
    • There are no facilities nearby so make sure to bring your own refreshments.
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Via your GP
    • Booking phone number: 0128 935 6622
    • If in labour call: 0191 207 6072 ext. 3218 or 0128 935 6622
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • Courtyard within the maternity unit.
  • Visiting information
    • Flexible visiting
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
  • Parking
    • £1.20p per hour, up to a maximum of £4 per day
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